If you have an injury from working, it is extremely important that you wait until you are physically able to return to work. Do not risk aggravating a serious work injury. You must bear in mind that your entitlement to certain benefits such as workers’ compensation may end when you are able to resume your job duties.
After your treating physician authorizes you to return to work, you may need to give some consideration to changing how you work or modifying your job duties. The lasting effects of an injury can impact individuals’ ability to perform certain tasks, and some small changes can facilitate a return to work while minimizing the possibility of another injury.
Ask for a reasonable accommodation
An individual with a disability may ask his or her employer to make a reasonable accommodation that will make it possible to compensate for a disability. The Americans with Disabilities Act requires employers to grant reasonable accommodations that would not cause undue hardship.
Examples of reasonable accommodation
Changes to a workstation are a common request. Ergonomic equipment could prevent unnecessary pain and discomfort. In addition, you may need to ask your employer to modify a facility to make it more handicapped accessible. You might also consider requesting permission to work remotely.
In the aftermath of a serious injury, it can be difficult for people to adjust to their new normal. Do not get discouraged if you are having trouble with productivity. Set realistic goals for yourself and stay focused on your well-being.